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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 511 - Obama, Media. Darling

Media Deserve No Trust-

Media Bias. There's anecdotal evidence every which way. The way they have covered the Sarah Palin announcement versus the way they covered Joe Biden, for example.

Interesting data from the Media Research Center:

Seven times more Obama stories were positive than negative over the course of the primaries.

Obama beat Hillary because of the media. Period.

But the flow of media coverage is interesting:


Even in the midst of scandal, the media largely protected Obama.

What's more, they painted a picture that Obama had broad appeal and support from real people:


On November 5, there might well be some fun conversations-- per the norm-- in this country's elite media circles, that begin with, "I don't know how McCain could have won. I don't know ANYONE who didn't vote for Obama."


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Posted by Will Franklin · 4 September 2008 08:39 AM


Speaking of media bias, I think I've come up with a a way to quantify how much it contributes to the public's perception of the probability that a given event will happen - at least with economic data.

I'm not sure how that might work with political race outcomes, seeing as I'm not aware of an objective standard to measure prediction market probabilities against, but at least you can get a sense of how much it might be a contributing factor to the public's perceptions.

Posted by: Ironman at September 4, 2008 04:49 PM

The MSM is sooooooo in love with Obama it is ridiculous! One of the lowest things they did was ask for a paternity test for the Sarah Palins down syndrome baby. That is a new low if you ask me?

Posted by: ZsaZsa at September 5, 2008 07:57 AM